Couple Vacancies

Domestic Couple ~ Switzerland and Ibiza

An experienced domestic couple is required to work at this client’s family home in Switzerland and will also accompany the young family to their newly-acquired vacation home in Ibiza this summer. The household is quite informal and the Principals lead busy lives with fast-changing schedules. A private chef and nanny are also employed long-term therefore the couple must have excellent communication and interpersonal skills, able to work autonomously, be able to take initiative when necessary along with keeping the Principals and their senior staff informed of any ongoing household issues.

Duties:

  • 5* Housekeeping

  • Table Service

  • Laundry Service

  • Assist Family Chef

  • Driving

  • Household and Garden Maintenance

The couple must speak English (some spoken Tagalog or Spanish or Portuguese desirable but not essential). Candidates must have several years of experience working in a similar role for a private family with excellent letters of reference. Beautiful newly renovated accommodation is offered with this position in Switzerland and shared villa accommodation will be provided for all staff during the coming summer period in Ibiza. Applicants will need to have European passports or have current Swiss work visas.

Salary: Excellent

Start date: ASAP

Summer Couple ~ St Tropez ~ May to Sept

An experienced summer housekeeper/houseman couple are required to work in a luxury 6 bedroom home in St Tropez. The booking will start mid-May and continue until mid/end September. This is a very busy summer property therefore longer than usual working hours will be required when the villa is full with guests and family.

The British family and their guests will be in full time residence from 22nd May to 28th May and then from 6th July to 7th August – during this period the working hours/days will be approx. 8am to 8pm. Overtime worked will be recuperated as time off during September when the villa is unoccupied.

A new group of guests will arrive on 8th August for a three week period however during this period the work schedule will be more relaxed than in July.

Duties will include:

  • Housekeeping to 5* standard

  • Laundry, ironing, steaming and fine fabric care

  • Packing and unpacking of the suitcases

  • Driving duties, local and airport runs

  • Local errands

  • Greet and take of the family and guests

  • Informal table service and - very occasionally - formal service

  • Kitchen support to the chef

  • Shopping for Household products

  • Arranging local appointments, booking restaurants, beach clubs etc

  • Assist in garden upkeep

  •  Cleaning of the pool and surrounding areas

Both of the couple must be able to drive, both must speak fluent English and - if possible - at least one should speak a communicative level of French.

Applicants must have good prior experience working as a domestic couple and excellent verifiable references. On-site accommodation located within the main property is offered.

Salary: TBD ( CDD)

Start date: Mid May

Domestic Couple ~ St Tropez  

An experienced couple are required to work in a luxury villa in St Tropez. This is a long-term position. The family use the property as a vacation home and would like to employ a couple who speak fluent English, preferably some Tagalog and at least one of the couple should speak communicative French.

Duties will include:

  • Excellent Housekeeping/Laundry

  • Family Cooking

  • Assist Gardener

  • Handyman

  • Pool Care

  • Driving

Accommodation for the couple is own bedroom and bathroom in a staff house sharing the kitchen and sitting room with the Italian gardener. Preferably both of the couple should be able to drive although this is not essential..

Salary: €4k net pm (CDI)

Start date: ASAP

Domestic Couple ~ Grasse POSITION NOW FILLED

An experienced domestic couple is required to look after a luxury property located close to Grasse. The couple should both speak fluent English and one should preferably be able to speak conversational French. The British employer visits the property for 4-6 months each year and would like to employ a full-time resident couple who can provide the following services:

  • Housekeeping

  • Family Cooking

  • Informal Table Service

  • Garden Maintenance

  • House Maintenance

  • Driving/Airport runs

  • Shopping/Errands

Newly-renovated independent accommodation is offered with this position. Unfortunately this client cannot consider couples who have dependent children or a family pet.

Salary: TBD

Start date: TBD

Junior Domestic Couple ~ Yorkshire/UK ON HOLD

An experienced domestic junior couple is required to work full-time for a family of two who have a large luxury estate in Yorkshire. They will work under the direction of the senior domestic couple already employed at the property. Duties will include:

  • Housekeeping

  • Laundry

  • Occasional Cooking

  • Painting and Decorating

  • Some knowledge of Carpentry, Construction or Mechanics (preferred but not essential)

  • General Maintenance of household and outbuildings

  • Oversee external contractors when necessary.

Prior experience working together as a long-term couple in a similar role as well as fluent spoken English are essential. A furnished 3 bedroom house in a nearby village is offered as accommodation for the couple. Working 6 days per week/8 hrs per day. 30 days annual holiday per year. Each of the couple must have excellent letters of reference and at least one must have a current driving license.

Salary: TBD

Start date: Autumn 2020

Domestic Couple                  Chateau 1 hour from Paris          

A domestic couple with a youthful energy and approach, who would enjoy working in a very rural environment and can work autonomously is required to look after a beautiful chateau located south of Paris. The Principal often visits the property alone or with his wife for weekends etc outside of the very busy autumn and winter hunting season. During the hunting season there are frequent events and receptions with lots of guests, at which time extra staff, housekeepers, chefs etc are brought in to share the workload.

Both of the couple should have excellent multi-tasking and organizational skills, be flexible about working weekends when the Principal is in residence and both must be able to drive.

Other exterior workers are employed and the male of the couple will not only work autonomously but should also be happy to work within a team when required to deal with external maintenance and gardening issues. Candidates must speak fluent English, conversational French would be a considerable advantage - it is imperative that the couple are happy to live a rural lifestyle as the chateau is located deep in the countryside. Couples who have previous experience working in a similar rural setting will be given very serious consideration.

Duties Male

  • Exterior/Garden Maintenance

  • Maintaining garden furniture and terrace

  • Looking after the gardening machines (mowers, tractors etc), keeping them clean and arranging maintenance etc.

  • Handyman duties - Carrying out all necessary minor repairs and maintenance works of the property inside and out, as well as good running of small equipment (kitchen supplies, TVs...)

  • Reporting technical problems or dysfunction related to the property

  • Monitoring the work of contractors for those maintenance jobs not within his/her competence

  • Dealing with suppliers, subcontractors, bills and invoices

  • Ensuring the safety of the estate - being present in the estate, surveillance of the property, closing doors and gates, control of the alarm system.

  • Perform chauffeur duties - Pick-ups / drop offs from / to CDG and other local airports when required

  • Looking after the cars – keeping them clean and maintained etc...

  • Daily cleaning and deep cleaning of the residence; dusting, vacuuming, washing of floors and windows, bathrooms, kitchens, furniture care, carpet and rugs cleaning...

  • Responsible for the owners’ wardrobes and laundry, washing, ironing, packing and unpacking when the Principals’ are in residence, taking care of dry cleaning.

  • Laundry, ironing of linens; towels, table linen etc. (bed linen is outsourced) making beds and changing bed linen

  • Shopping for groceries and small household items

  • Cooking and table service when the owners are in residence

  • Taking care of two well-behaved dogs (feeding, taking them for a walk and to the vet if necessary).

During Events, Receptions etc

  • Assisting the family and others in the working team in the organization of the event

  • Greeting guests, sharing the responsibilities with the other working team and helping the Chef if necessary

  • Managing the temporary staff members and supervising extra cleaning duties (Guests bedrooms & bathrooms, Salle de Chasse, Dining room…) during the event

  • Purchasing of flowers and preparing floral arrangements

  • Pickup of guests from train station or airports

A furnished apartment is offered as accommodation. Couples without children or pets are preferable however the Principal will consider all applications.

Salary: TBD (guideline €4k net pm)

Start date: ASAP

House Manager or Management Couple ~ Avignon/Vaucluse POSITION NOW FILLED

An experienced, multi-skilled single House Manager - or a Management Couple - required to take over the running and management of a beautiful 1200m2 family vacation home and ultra-luxe 5* rental property often used for weddings, events, magazine shoots etc. The House Manager or Couple will be multi-skilled and able to assist in other household departments (no housekeeping duties will be required). The Principal would consider it a very real advantage - although not essential - if candidates can offer simple cooking skills and are able to prepare a breakfast buffet when the home is occupied and very busy. This will give the American resident chef, who usually works late into the night with his team of interns, a little extra time for marketing etc in the mornings. The property has a seasonal housekeeping team who live locally and have been trained to a high standard by the Principal - one will now be offered a long term contract. A seasonal concierge, an interior services team and exterior workers are also employed to care for the family and guest requirements and maintain the 30+ hectares of gardens and grounds.

The busy rental season runs from May to October and the American owners - who are always in residence with their family over the Christmas period - will use the property for vacation time outside of the summer season. Candidates must speak fluent English and fluent French and must have a driving license. Candidates must also have several years of experience working in a similar ultra-luxe private service environment providing complete management including budgeting, accounts, staff rotas etc etc; they should also know how to maintain a ‘home away from home’ atmosphere for the owner’s family and visiting high-profile guests who all require ultimate discretion and a very high level of service. Accommodation of a 2 bedroom property on the estate is offered with this position.

Salary: TBD

Start date: Flexible

Please note: Applicants for positions based in France MUST have a current working visa/carte de sejour or be the holder of an EU passport

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